Valentine’s Day: The look is “pretty-sexy”

_brigitte-bardot1.jpgValentine’s Day calls for a look that I call “pretty-sexy.” For a romantic evening skip anything that looks too high fashion, dramatic, or severe. Instead your look should be soft, feminine, and sexy in an understated way. It is a look Hollywood understands and many popular stars love. You often see Jennifer Anniston, Olivia Wilde, Blake Lively and Kate Hudson out and about looking “pretty-sexy.” It’s timeless; picture Marylyn on the beach in a chunky sweater with windblown hair, or a baby-faced Bardot dressed in a simple black leotard.  

How can you get the look? Think clean hair with lots of natural volume. If your hair is long, try soft, starlet-style waves. Channel Amy Kendrick’s look from this year’s Grammy Awards. Blow-dry your hair with a round brush for volume and then use a medium curling wand or electric rollers. You want your hair to look clean and shiny, not over-styled. Let your curls cool and then break them up with your hands. Brush or comb your hair into loose tousled curls. ( Right Brigitte Bardot)

Avoid trendy makeup and hair like Rita Ora’s look at the recent Grammys or Ciara’s super-natural look. One looks like you are trying too hard and the other not enough. They are both great looks but not for a romantic date. Save trendy, high fashion makeup and hair for events or lunch with your friends, and the “natural look” for casual daytimDiorsmoky.jpge events or shopping.

If you have short hair make sure it looks soft and face flattering. Channel Michelle Williams’s look from the Golden Globes. Blow-dry for volume and arrange the hair around your face. Give a short pixie cut volume with Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder.  Just spritz it into dry hair for instant volume. 

Taylor Swift’s softly smoked eyes and pink lips, or Beyoncé’s smoky eye and sexy red lips, both have a no-fail appeal. The key to both of the looks is glowing, flawless skin. Avoid heavy makeup and concealer.  

To cover small imperfection and even your skin instead try primer and/or tinted moisturizer.  There are many good ones. I really like the two below used separately or together. 

L’Oreal Revitalift Miracle Blur is like air-brushing for your face. This colourless primer makes pores and imperfections disappear. Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturizer gives skin a luminous finish. It contains anti-aging ingredients to lift and tighten, and Hyaluronic Spheres to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

Dior 3 Coolers Smoky Ready-To-Wear Smoky Eyes Palette in 052 includes three shades: smoky pink dove gray, sparkling silver. It makes the smoky eye fool proof. 

If you are looking for the perfect low key red or pink lip colour try Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain Moisturizer Lip Colour.  This drugstore brand of fat lip pencils contains acai. They come in six shades Red-Dy or Not is a soft red with a dewy finish that will look flattering on most women. And there are two pretty pinks; Stiff Pink is warm and bright, anAnna Grande Anna Kendrickd Pinky Promise is light pink. At only $2.99 each you will want to stock up on these chunky pencils that look and feel fabulous on your lips.  ( Anna Kendrick)

Jurlique’s Essence of Rose Roll-On Fragrance with its top notes of sweet Turkish rose and fresh Moroccan rose, combined with exotic Arab rose, is perfect for an evening of romance. The light fragrance is subtle and not overwshoppingREdWet-n-Wild-Megaslick.jpghelming.